Clear & Gentle Guidance on the Big Issues in Life
Seldom does a book come along that speaks to the core issues of life with such clarity and wisdom. This profound book is deeply informed by the spiritual traditions of the West, the Far East, and the Native Americans, with whom the author has worked. It is a small treasure of wisdom about life’s deepest issues, and can stand next to classics such as
Gift from the Sea,
The Prophet, and
Letters to a Young Poet.
From the Book ...
ON EDUCATION & LEARNING The true measure of your education is not what you know, but how you share what you know with others.
ON MONEY People who measure their money against their desires will never be happy, because there will always be another desire waiting to lure them. People who measure thcir money against their needs can gain control over their lives by gaining control over their needs.
ON LOVE Love has its own time, its own season, and its own reasons for coming and going. You cannot bribe it or coerce it or reason it into staying. If it chooses to leave your heart or the heart of your lover, there is nothing you can do and nothing you should do. Be glad that it came to live for a moment in your life. If you keep your heart open, it will surely come again.
The world is full enough of grand moralizing and private visions. The last thing I ever intended was to risk adding my voice to the long list of those involved in such endeavors.
Then, in midlife, everything changed. I was surpised with the birth of a child. I saw before me a person who would have to make his way through the tangle of life by such lights as he could find. It was, and is, incumbent upon me to guide him.
As I look around, I am concerned. The world is full of contrary visions, viewpoints, and recriminations.
Our brightest dreams and our greatest fears are just over the horizon. Clear and measured voices are hard to find.
If I can offer something of value, it is this: a vision of life that acknowledges our human condition while remaining hopeful about our human potential; a voice that speaks with compassion and empathy about the world in which we live; and a viewpoint that seeks a common ground from which to survey the vast and confusing landscape before us.
We live in a time when it is hard to speak from the heart. The poetry of our spirits is silenced by the thoughts and cares of a thousand trivialities. This small book is my attempt to speak from the heart about some of life’s biggest issues.
I offer it to you as both a father and a friend.
About the author: A two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award, Kent Nerburn is the author of many books on spirituality and Native American themes, including
Letters to My Son, Small Graces, Neither Wolf nor Dog, The Wolf at Twilight, and
The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo. He lives near Portland, Oregon. His website is www.KentNerburn.com
Simple Truths by Kent Nerburn
• 112 pages • $14.00 • ISBN 978-1- 60868-617-9
Book Release from New World Library